Quality One Call at a Time

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Quality One Call at a Time

May 30, 2006

Quality scores in many call centers are on the decline. The main goal of a call center is to provide excellent customer service while delivering accurate information in a timely manner. “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” Wyatt Earp. Wyatt Earp may not have said this quote in reference to managing quality at call centers, but it carries the same relevance. Management at call centers tends to focus on other issues instead of the accuracy of the information that the CSR is relaying to the customer. Thus value is misplaced and the quality at call centers starts to head on a downward path.

One issue that could drive quality scores down is ineffective training. At a call center here in Jacksonville, management decided to pull CSRs out of training after the second day to answer calls because the queue was high. This interrupted the training process and added days to the training schedule. The trainer manager was powerless to prevent this from happening. This happened 6 times over the course of the proposed three-week training calendar. Call center trainers must ensure that their trainees’ learning is not hindered by management’s goal to reduce queue times. The constant yo-yo handling of the CSRs resulted in training not being delivered on all topics, which resulted in low quality scores. This has not been a high topic of focus for most call center management staff.

Another issue that call centers face is employee retention. Call centers faced with high turnover tend to spend more time training additional employees to replace those who have left the company. This may be due to low salaries. Agents working in higher average income areas had more opportunity to secure better paying jobs, thus increasing turnover (Information Please, The Scoop on Call…...

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